Monday, October 03, 2016

Crew Robs New Lakeview Resident, Steals Pizza Man's Car

The four men had just robbed him in his front yard, but a brand new Lakeview resident offered a gesture of peace as they left. “I’ll pray for you,” he said.

One of the men had a thought in return: “Pray for your fucking life.”

And so it went Sunday evening for the Columbia College freshman who just moved here from Ohio.

The four offenders would go on to steal a pizza deliveryman’s car nearby before speeding out of the neighborhood around 6 o’clock Sunday night.

A resident in the 1000 block of West George first reported seeing the four future robbers poking through an alley and looking into cars at 3:30 p.m.

But the 19th district was essentially out of officers at the time—a situation known as “RAP” status. Two hours later, the call of “suspicious persons” had still not been checked out.

At 5:40 pm., another call came in.

Four men matching the previous caller’s description just went into a house that they don’t own in the 1000 block of West George.

Ten minutes later the man who lives next door to that house—the Columbia College student—was robbed in his yard.

One of his neighbors, sitting in a nearby car, saw it go down.

The offenders “walked east on George, just passing the victim at his fence gate. The victim entered the front yard and they double backed and entered as well. I quickly drove up to the front and they were exchanging words.”

According to the victim, the four men initially asked him for directions to Diversey Parkway. Then, they announced the robbery and motioned as if they were armed. As the four collected the man’s $20 that neighbor in the car knew something was wrong.

“I have a police siren in my car,” the witness told us, “I turned it on for a few seconds which spooked them” and they ran away. “I followed [them] while on with [911] as they ducked into the alley behind Barcocina…then north in an alley towards Oakdale. I lost sight of them.”

The four re-appeared moments later, hopping into an idling pizza delivery car at Diversey and Sheffield and speeding north.

Police describe the four offenders as black men in their late teens. One was heavyset and wore a red cap and a black puffy coat. Another wore a dark jacket and camouflage pants. The third had short twists in his hair and wore a gray jacket with khaki pants. And the fourth wore a dark jacket with jeans.

All remain at large tonight.
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37 comments:

  1. These youth just need some mentoring, or more money for programs, or jobs, or some church or something along those lines

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    1. While I'm all in favor of putting these losers in jail, assuming you're not sarcastic, the best way to stop their criminal behavior is put them on the track to FULL-TIME, PERMANENT jobs. "Job training" as in they place you in a company that agrees to hire you in after three months of good work, not some broke-dick "job training program" run by the state that doesn't guarantee employment.

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    2. You mean something like the Center on Halsted or the Broadway Youth Center or The Crib. Oh...we see how those have helped. Never mind.
      But, jobs. Aaaah! Now, those could help if only these poor youth would take them. Easier just to rob people since the consequences are almost always zilch.

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    3. These youth need horse whipped, they need jail for 5 years or chain gang street cleaning. They are or will become career criminals by hanging out in Lakeview by repeat robbing us. "Programs" don't fix criminals. I have a scanner but you can use your computer as a scanner when this link is working. You can hear most nights "stacked" police calls and "RAP" calls proving nightly for armed robbery's and understand how and why criminals hit this neighborhood, because we have next to no police and the criminals know they can rob 5 people and usually drive out this neighborhood.

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    4. http://www.broadcastify.com/listen/feed/17684/web computer scanner

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  2. I once called 911 to report suspicious activity on my street during Thanksgiving last year (holidays in Uptown are awful as the yuppies go back to the burbs or Iowa to be with family and the derelicts take over turning a nice Buena Park community into gang territory overnight). The 911 operator told me that unless they were in the middle of a crime they can't do anything about it and in fact, she emphasized, she could have me arrested for falsifying a police report. How are we supposed to report suspicious activity to the authorities like the aldermen tell us and yet that turns out to be a more egregious crime than strong-armed robbery? I have tried calling 311 whenever I see scary behavior and they instantly connect me with 911. I immediately hang up whenever they do that out of fear I'll be charged with a crime.

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  3. So it's basically anarchy while I am at work. Perhaps I should triple my insurance coverage. At least I'll profit from this bogus nonsense.

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  4. So that's 11 people robbed in Lakeview East this weekend. Just wow smh

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  5. How are we on RAP status at 3:30PM on a Sunday?

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  6. You are very liberal. I say they need to go to jail and stay there ultimately on a 3 strikes program. Their parents have already failed them. In the meantime stay in their own neighborhoods and stop robbing innocent people.

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  7. Was on the lakefront tonight (Monday), for the kids soccer practice. Two crack heads pull up in an old red impala. They proceed to watch our practice, carry on and make everyone nervous. Fortunately they looked like sick drug abusers and barely able to walk so I was only a bit nervous. they seemed to pass out quickly. I thought about it though. If they started acting up we are on our own.

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  8. Most cars today have a remote that locks the doors. Why would anyone leave a car running and open given the crime wave and lack of Police protection ? The roof top sign should be dumped as well. Soon Lakeview pizza will double in cost when it has to be delivered by armed guard wearing a vest, because anyone with more than 5 bucks will be targeted by criminals.








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  9. Thank you Tom for your vote to increase taxes so we could a a full of complement of police as we had before the closing of the station at Belmont & Western. You were promised more officers - how did that work out? We now call 9-1-1 and wait an hour or so for the police to respond. Some calls to the police and they never show up. The service in the ward in going down, down, down. Quit cutting ribbons, getting photo ops, and stand up and DEMAND more officers in our district.

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  10. Tunney...Smith...Cappleman!
    I'm a resident, a taxpayer and a neighbor.
    Why have you posted NOTHING here?
    Zero! No plan. No thought. Not a word.
    Do you have anything?
    Here's your chance......

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  11. These "youth" need a good hard lesson on what an extended tenure inside a prison cell looks, feels, and smells like.

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  12. Another over 2 hour wait for the police to be dispatched on a Sunday afternoon? Wait until the Cubs start their playoff games. Tom?, Tom? . . . anyone?

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  13. Many of these calls going to RAPS status are never responded to in time and don't get a police report so our crime rate stays "down". Two hours of sitting ducks while these trash cans commit crimes. Think we need more police force or what? Or maybe then more calls would get responded to and our crime rate would go "up". Ruh roh Tunney.

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  14. They need to know the cops will show up in minutes not hours or never. They need to learn to respect and obey laws. They need to spend 3 years in jail to reflect upon their deeds. They need a culture that teaches right and wrong. We need action from our elected officials now and if we dont recieve it we need to vote for candidates that will work to protect us. Ours are not.

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  15. They need to go jogging with Rahm. That will fix it all.

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  16. CWB, please keep reporting the truth - even if Eddie, Rahm and CPD upper echelon don't like this reporting. There are too few people doing this work. If every neighborhood in Chicago had someone posting the truth like this, the city would see through the BS, lies and manipulation Rahm, the aldermen, CPD and the MSM is engaged in. Thanks again for your efforts.

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  17. Don't feel sorry for any victim who prays for his robbers. Must've been god's will, huh?

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    1. See, he "had words with them" and in the CPD and local residents opinion he "deserved it anyway".

      You're supposed to just shut up and take it there.

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  18. Read Sun Times cover today on a group of Lakeview neighbors hiring off duty coppers to patrol their blocks. Too bad the business district can't get it together to do this as well. Of course if Tunney was doing his job we wouldn't have to hire private security.

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    1. Halsted Bars are struggling to stay open. Some have closed changed concepts and have changed hands. So they can afford private security.

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    2. What happens if they want to venture off their block?

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    3. Yes, if a Republican gets elected or Beyonce falls down the steps again for good, Sidetrack is tha-roo!

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  19. They need to be locked up for 10 years and then electronically monitored for the rest of their lives like the animals they are

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    1. Are animals often jailed and placed on electronic monitoring? Please advise. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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  20. Well today the Suntimes had an article about Ricketts hiring private security patrol. I knew it would happen, because he's putting too much money into that Wrigley neighborhood to have this nonsense happen.http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago/theo-epstein-and-his-neighbors-near-wrigley-hire-private-security/
    There's also a gold coast man who hired private security. Soon, all neighborhoods will have private security.
    But citizens have to start being proactive by installing webcams and surveillance cams in their homes and on the porches. Citizens have to start carrying whistles. I think the men on the south side have figured that people on the north side don't carry weapons - like they do on the south side - and thus, they're crawling over the northside doing petty stickups. Because they're not getting much money are they? $20! What's $20?

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  21. They need a dose of their own medicine.

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  22. Enough is enough. We won't even walk at night anymore and we live 2 blocks from Rahm. I even have my head on a swivel when I walk the dog on a Wednesday at noon. I guess the only solution is to do what Theo has done and have the neighborhood pool money for private security. Pathetic it is coming to this. Pathetic

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    1. Hiring private security in addition to the police is how it's done in third world countries. We've come to that. Thanks, Rahm and Tom.

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  23. I've noticed more Cops in the neighborhood, so I'm happy about that. However, it would be nice if we could have this manpower in the evening/night hours when most of this crime is taking place. As well as Pro- Active policing, with more stops and police walking or biking the beat. Also, if there are any police reading this in 19, can someone please pull over the idiots that drag race up and down Irving every night for the past few years, that can't be safe. Thank you.

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    1. Chicago and its politicians forbid CPD from engaging in any chasing of vehicles. What do you think will happen when you try to pull over a drag racer?
      CPD can't stop people based on their hunches or past professional experience they need..... Nevermind haven't you been reading the new these past 2 years????

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    2. Hey 6:17 am, I hope your ignorant comment is supposed to be sarcastic, because yea, it's called pulling over speeders, maybe you need to brush up on the Rules of the Road.

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    3. Sure thing 12:30 am, let the cops waste their time on speeders when we have no radars and every case gets thrown out in court. Or we can use are already low man power and focus on the robberies and burglaries happening in your neighborhood. But you the guy that has never done the job or know how laws are enforced or what policies hinder us from enforcing them, please tell me what other things I should focus on???? Maybe ticket car alarms and jay walkers?

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  24. Lovely. I'm just going to get a baseball bat and take that everywhere with me - commuting, walking my dog, going for a run on the scenic lakefront. I already carry mace but that's clearly not enough. Maybe a hammer. If I walk around carrying a hammer visible in my hand will these animals leave me the hell alone? Will I feel safe walking around this city? Because I don't now.

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